What does ARSENAL stand for?

The art of Arsetrology

With days to go before our next ‘must win game’ I thought I’d pass the time by examining the factors that have combined to deliver us to where we stand today in this rollercoaster of a season. Since karma is definitely involved, and the footballing gods have stepped in to restore the natural order of things, I have decided to use the mystic power of Arsetrology (the ancient art of using an acronym to explain events) to reveal those factors that have guided our fate so far this season.

Bonkers you may say, but just think about it….. Arsenal, Arsène, Arteta, Arshavin (OK, he’s not everyone’s favourite), its no coincidence, the answers lie in ARSENAL.

A is for Arteta

I have made no secret of my appreciation of the vital role Mikel plays in the team. I am certain that had we not secured his services in the final hour, we would be several positions lower in the league table as it stands today. His reading of the game, work rate, range and accuracy in passing have all combined to make him the lynchpin of our midfield. On top of that, he seems to be having the time of his life and has chipped in with important goals. He took a pay cut to join us – watch and learn Na$ri, this guy has real class.

R is for Robin van Persie – who else?

Apart from the small matter of the 33 goals he has scored for us so far this season, the main and somewhat surprising bonus is that he is an excellent captain and has galvanised the players in a way few thought possible. Mr. Wenger’s habit of making the star player (or should it be wantaway player) captain hasn’t always been a success. Robin has been a much better captain than either Henry or Fabregas. His first thought after scoring is always to seek the player who provided the pass as he knows (and he wants those watching to know) that we are not a one man team. His support of Theo Walcott in particular has been unwavering and probably has a lot to do with Theo’s rich vein of form at the moment.

S is for Simple

Football is essentially a simple game. The technically gifted players we’ve had in recent years have engendered a style that often sacrificed incisive attacking play for clever possession. The new players and dare I say, the departure of some ‘stars’ has encouraged a return to basics. The effect has been to make us more solid at the back, to use width and pace down the wings, to move the ball quickly through the midfield (forwards) and to take a risk once in a while and have a shot instead of looking for the clever pass.

E is for the Emirates Stadium

Gradually Ashburton Grove is beginning to feel like home. I think I’ll always be awestruck whenever I walk up those stairs and emerge to see the perfectly manicured pitch, the sea of red and white and to be reminded that we have the best stadium in the Premier League. What many don’t realise is that without the extra £30-40m income the Emirates generates more than  Highbury, we would be struggling financially. But more than that, the Emirates has played host to some wonderful games recently and the memory of those games is now ingrained in the fabric of the stadium. Visiting teams are beginning be intimidated by the power and stature of the Emirates and as a by-product of that, our supporters have sensed the change and begun to find their voices at last.

N is for No Surrender

Some of us will have found the repeated trotting out of phrases like ‘team spirit’, ‘belief’, ‘mental strength’ etc hard to stomach in seasons when we have capitulated too easily at the vital time. We all now know the reasons for those past failings, but we also know that this crop of players, led by RvP really does have those attributes in abundance. Coming from behind 4 games in a row is testament to the strength of character and the harmony that now exists in the squad. Goal celebrations tell you a lot about a team, and ours this season have been the most inclusive and joyous I’ve seen.

A is for Arsène Wenger

What can you say about the man that hasn’t already been said? He’s been under pressure on and off the pitch more this season than ever before. No-one knows what goes on behind the scenes, but what we do know is that if he can keep the team playing as it is now, he will once again have confounded his critics. Arguably finishing in the top four this season would rank as one of his greatest achievements.

L is for Lady Luck

Well I don’t want to upset the old girl just as she is finally smiling upon us, but we’ve had some dreadful luck in the last few years. I wonder what odds would you have got for a top 4 finish from the bookies last summer if it had been known that we would be selling our best two midfielders and the rising star destined to take their place (Wilshere) would be out for the season, not to mention the loss of all our fullbacks for a large part of the campaign? The balance is slowly being redressed. We’ve had a slice of well earned luck recently in games we’ve won when not playing our best. Key players are finally returning from injury and the squad looks strong, unified and focused, maybe luck is no longer needed, we have the quality.

That’s my quickly assembled ARSENAL list – the challenge now is to come up with one of your own using the letters of our name to reflect the way you have viewed our changing fortunes this season. The theory also works when applied to the names of our rivals but strangely the associated definitions are less flattering …. I’m thinking particularly of the team that starts with S!

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190 Responses to What does ARSENAL stand for?

  1. Rasp says:

    Morning all, today’s is a light hearted offering. Unfortunately I shan’t be around much to see how you interpret ARSENAL in relation to this season, I am expecting to be amused by your efforts with S.P.U.R.S. etc – but please self edit where necessary :lol:

  2. swift says:

    Thought S is for Squillaci. Haha. Good post.

  3. 26may1989 says:

    Rasp, I know I can be accused of brown nosing here, but that honestly is a superb piece – why don’t you write more often???

    I’ll have to think about the mnemonic/acronym challenge you’ve put down; others will be quicker off the mark than me.

    In the meantime, given you opened with a section on Arteta, I thought I’d break one of my habits and repost something I posted this morning, at the tailend of yesterday’s thread.

    “Match Stats
    Total Passes 609 vs 232
    Accurate Passes 535 vs 158
    Pass Completion 88% vs 68%
    Possession 72% vs 28%
    Total Shots 19 vs 3
    Shots On Target 8 vs 0
    Total Crosses 30 vs 16
    Accurate Crosses 30% vs 25%
    Total Tackles 10 vs 14
    Tackle Win% 100% vs 86%
    Ground Duels Won 42 vs 35
    Aerial Duels Won 53% vs 43%

    As you can see from the statistics above (via our Stats Centre powered by Opta) Arsenal’s complete domination is illustrated by the fact Arteta, Sagna & Song completed 187 passes together – more than the entire Aston Villa team combined, who completed just 152. However, it was not only possession that the Gunners but also attempts on goal. Villa did not muster a single shot on target. The much-maligned Arsenal defence is now the only side in the Premier League to restrict their opponents to no shots on more than one occasion this season. A further statistic that emphasises Arsenal’s complete performance is the extraordinary fact they won 100% of their attempted tackles.

    Alex Song was again inspirational. Not only did the Cameroon midfielder get his eighth assist of the season, he had 90% pass accuracy, played 7 long balls with 100% accuracy, made three perfect tackles (the most in the match), made one interception and had one successful dribble.

    My Man of the Match goes to Mikel Arteta who was brilliant. The Spaniard completed 90% of his passes (61/68). In the attacking half this was even better with 96% of his passes (20/21) finding a teammate. As well as his phenomenal strike from distance, Arteta made six crosses, won three fouls (the most in the match), made three key passes and one interception. The midfielder’s importance to Arsenal cannot be underestimated and this is highlighted by the amazing statistic that Arsenal have not won a game this season in which he has not played. With Arteta in the side, the Gunners win 72% of their matches.”

  4. Rasp says:

    Morning 26m, thanks. In answer to your question, with the other blog duties and life work getting in the way, I just don’t have the time.

    Well done in reposting the Arteta stats. At the moment I have 3 equal players of the season … Arteta, RvP and kozzer, they’ve been magnificent.

  5. 26may1989 says:

    Can’t argue much with that selection Rasp, though Song the Quarterback has probably got a shout too.

  6. robbinURpersie says:

    Raspers,

    Top post chief..

    will have to think about my own but Song definately slots in there and it would be fair to say that his priceless assists this season havnt always been that ‘S’imple ;-)

  7. Rasp says:

    Bugger, you’re both right, Songinho should have been my ‘S’ – well I said it was hurriedly compiled ;)

  8. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I am on it, its just that I’m still stuck on “A”. Aaarvark…no, alloy…no, aquaduct….no.
    Look sorry about this, I’m off to phone a friend.
    “RA..are you there, DidIt here…”

  9. Rasp says:

    To be fair though, Song’s wonder passes have been ‘Simple’ in as much as he’s risked a long pass into the danger area instead of working the ball back and forth outside the opposition’s box.

  10. goonermichael says:

    I was going to say aardvaark

  11. Rasp says:

    OK on reflection, I’m happy with ‘Simple’. We can play intricate football and also use the long pass/diagonal pass, eye of the needle pass.

  12. goonermichael says:

    Stupid
    Pathetic
    Ugly
    Rubbish
    Slappers

  13. goonermichael says:

    Mediocre
    Average
    Nasty
    Cheating
    Scum

  14. goonermichael says:

    Classless
    Hated
    Asswipe
    Vile
    S**t

  15. goonermichael says:

    It’s so much easier to be nasty :)

  16. robbinURpersie says:

    GM, :-)

    can you do one for ‘cyclists’?

  17. kelsey says:

    A is for Almunia our forgotten world class keeper who at one time nearly changed nationality so that he could play for England.

    R is for schnitzel .After countless groin problems, married a Miss Czechoslovakia, then had further groin problems, but now is celibate and it shows on the field.

    S is for Sqillacci one of our great signings of recent years

    E is for Eduardo. I wonder if he would have been our fox in the box

    N is for Nasri which shows “Money can’t buy me Love”

    A is for Arshavin. The mighty overweight dwarf who never regained his motivation after 4 at Anfield and felt living in London was just too hot a climate

    L is for Lehmann. A madman of the highest order, yet was loved by so many

  18. 26may1989 says:

    Steady Robbin, steady……

  19. Are you serious, the fist is is definitely for Arsene Wenger and not Arteta

  20. goonermichael says:

    The 2 A’s are just as important super

  21. robbinURpersie says:

    ooh sorry 26m, i just wanted to see if GM changed his thinking with you around

  22. goonermichael says:

    Bloody
    Illiterate
    Nasty
    Dirty
    Inbred
    Pill
    Popping
    Electric
    Radio
    Stealers

  23. 26may1989 says:

    Robbin, I don’t think I could shift GM’s admirably consistent position!

  24. robbinURpersie says:

    Lmao,

    ok GM’s got all the enemies covered..cant top them

  25. VCC says:

    A….Awe-inspiring…. Manager ARSENE WENGER

    R….Remarkable …. Our comebacks this season

    S….Sexy…………….. The football we play

    E….Ecstatic………… The feeling my Son and I had while singing up
    the clock end when we beat the Spuds.

    N….Nectar………….. The sweet smell of a successful 2013.

    A….Awesome………. Our potential squad for 2013.

    L….Luscious………… The hallowed turf our boys play on.

  26. goonermichael says:

    I did change it to “selfish” cyclists. 3 or 4 have gone past my window in the last 5 minutes on the pavement because the traffic is one way and they think they can do what they want.

  27. Duckster says:

    Great post guys!
    Fantastic to see that the squad are finally coming together now and performing consistently.
    Looks like player 1 game a week is going to work in our favour from now until the end of the season. I’m certain the Champions league & FA Cup games will leave Spurs & Chelsea vulnerable to dropping points in the league, starting this weekend.
    I reckon we’ll pick up 3 point this weekend & Chelsea will draw up at Villa who will be looking for a response after what we did to them.
    So Villa to nick a point off Chelsea this weekend & Sunderland to nick one from Spurs next weekend!

  28. robbinURpersie says:

    A- Adrenaline and anxiety, what i feel when our boys walk onto the
    hallowed turf

    R- Remote Controller, dont you dare touch it when we kick off

    S- Sleek and stylish, its how we play

    E- Evolution Baby

    N- NO, its what we say to spuds when they confuse themselves
    about being top team in London also N-5

    A- Attack, its our best form of defence and the way wenger likes to
    play

    L- Late goals this season that show our spirit and fight and never
    giving in..

  29. goonermichael says:
  30. hell no, Arteta can even fit in Arsene shoes so he should not be the 1st A in Arsenal

  31. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Dear All,

    I keep in touch with my friend Cornwall and he has asked me to convey the following message to all you lovely AAers.

    At present he is not able to post on this site, and therefore wishes to thank all the posters on AA for all the great times he had whilst he was posting. He also adds that he still reads from the sidelines, and when he is next down for a game he will come down to the Tavern for a beer……and i will be there to, you lucky people hahahaha.

  32. VCC says:

    Hi Merry Terry.

    Please let me know when the funny man is due to frequent the Tavern, and I will do my utmost to get there and meet him.

    Tell him I miss him. XXX

  33. RockyLives says:

    “arsetrology” – love it Rasp :)
    I think the moon’s in Uranus…

    heading off to work now – will have to think of my answers on the way.

    Kelsey
    Thanks for your 7.01.It needed saying.

  34. Pascal Mlambo says:

    Shouldn’t the -S- be for Song?

  35. RockyLives says:

    Pascal
    Yes – someone else picked up on that earlier. He’s been a revelation this season. I think Arteta being prepared to play in a defensive minded way where necessary has allowed Songinho to go forward more without leaving us exposed at the back.

  36. even before Arteta came when he was paired with Jack he showed glimpses of his matery in passing

  37. RockyLives says:

    what was the game where song did that incredible dribble into the left of the box, then crossed for RvP to score…?

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    Nice one Rasp, a great discussion starter! Why don’t you just say I loooooooooove Arteta?! :)

    Some great contributions already – I love VCC’s and RurP’s contributions especially.

    For me Arsenal stands for:

    A = Appreciation for the style of football and the way the team is managed – that’s how I became a supporter back in the mid-90th!

    R = Resilience, on and off the pitch, to stick to our philosophy/see through our vision of football – that is what makes us unique and what we add to football in the UK/World

    S= Support to live through the bad times and keep the faith – including supporting our players through thick and thin as long as they give 100%

    E = Entertainment: football is there to be enjoyed – to create oohs and aahs – not just a perfunctory process towards winning as much as possible – we are the antidote against the Mourinho’s and Fergie’s of this world!

    N = Nurture of talent from within – Arsenal players with an Arsenal heart and love for the club at the heart of our beloved Arsenal

    A = Arse-kicking – our players should always go out there with the desire to kick arse – to fight for the cause and win every game

    L = Longevity = the club should always be run with an eye on the short and longterm future: it should be there for our childeren and grand-children, and further beyound.

  39. TotalArsenal says:

    Dortmund home RL!

  40. Red Arse says:

    Dear Terry Trans, :-)

    Please tell my award winning friend the “Gooner who seems to have got lost in Cornwall” that I am cross with him for doing a runner.

    At the moment we could do with a bit of cheering up (I know I do) and I can think of no one better able than him to do so. :-)

    Personal Note: (In case you are around) –

    Glic, I cannot believe anyone wants you to stop posting on AA.

    Your quick wit and madcap humour should not be defined by an occasional meandering into somewhat racy topics (which I admit to finding outrageously funny :-) ) but which can sometimes cause offence, altho it is such a small part of your repertoire.

    We all have to compromise occasionally, and respect other bloggers’ sensibilities, and for myself, I have resolved not to impersonate innocent AAers, (including you) much tho’ I love the fun of doing so, for fear of the wrath of the Mighty Rasp and the Pulchritudinous Peaches!

    Come back this instant!! :-)

  41. I have never been to any of the stadiums but couldn’t Highbury renovated instead of building the Emarites

  42. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Great post by the way Rasp. Here is mine….

    A – Awesome future
    R – Recovery was certain
    S – Sexy Terry….err, i mean Arsenal
    E – Entertainment gauranteed
    N – Nice hair for Arteta
    A – Did i say Awesome future?
    L – Lord Wenger, i demand that Arsene should be made a peer of the realm….even though hes French.

    As for cyclists, with me behind the wheel i feel sorry for them. Many a time i have left them swerving and veering all over the joint as i trudge along in my 4 by 4. They usualy scream obscenities and give me some unpleasent hand gestures. If i like them, i deliberitly slow down allowing them to franticly pedal towards me with rage evident on there faces…..and then speed off again. hahahaha

  43. RL how could you forget who we played hmm, i remember that game like it was yester

    i had just come home from work and as soon as i put on the TV there was Song in action

  44. TotalArsenal says:

    hear hear RA, or is it: here here RA?!

    GLiC, we need you and you need us: keeping all those jokes to yourself, inside that phenomenal head of yours, is not healthy mate, AND it is definitely not fair on us – the deprived! On top of that we have lost out status of ‘Award Winning’ at our last audit. :lol:

    Come out and play again and stick to Redders wise advice! :)

  45. Ade David, a Nigerian Gooner. says:

    Rasp, what a brilliant post. All the players, coaching crews, home and away supporters, foreign supporters like some of us who believe in the power of prayers etc have contributed in one way or the other for where we are today. We believe in this team and our Manager. Trophyless will soon become the thing of the pass. Up Arsenaaal.

  46. TotalArsenal says:

    Well said Ade – how strong is the support for Arsenal in Nigeria? And who is your favourite player atm?

  47. Red Arse says:

    Quirky and amusing Post Rasper. :-)

    Why do we love watching Arsenal?
    Always Really Spiffing Excitement Not Available to Loosers.

    Sorry about this Rasp, (and everyone else, it seems) but I think Arrrrtttetaa is an OK player, and I am happy to have him in the team, for his personality and understated leadership, but I shy away from all the over enthusiastic eulogies he receives.

    [I am sure, as decent AAers, you will refrain from shouting your obloquies at moi, because you all know that I know nuzzing about football!!] :-(

  48. Arsene himself says:

    S is for Song!!!!

  49. TotalArsenal says:

    Duckster, playing one game a week is definitely helping us and what a luxury this year :)

    You could be right re Chelsea dropping points at Chelsea and the Spuds will have to work their socks off if they want to get anything from the game against Swansea. I expect Swansea to get a result there! :)

  50. TotalArsenal says:

    RA, it says a lot about Rasp and what he values in a player, which is probably different from your preferences…?

  51. goonermichael says:

    Was it Udinese Rocky? Definitely CL

  52. robbinURpersie says:

    I simply cannot believe what ive just read:-

    “Being anti-wenger automatically makes you pro-Arsenal.”

    Now, Ive heard the term “get rid of the deadwood” so many times when it comes to certain players on Arsenals payroll…

    Can we get rid of some of the deadwood amongst our so called supporters?????

  53. robbinURpersie says:

    Hey Total,

    How did you go on the ManUre game? Did you still hit and hope?
    I hope you didnt put too much $$ on the game, coz Fulham were up against 12 players….

  54. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Robbin, my hunch was right as Fulham should have had a penalty and could have equalised late on. Luckily I did not manage to go out and put a bet on, but I did put a bet on this morning: Benfica beating the Chavs 2-1 tonight – odds: 9-1! :)

  55. TotalArsenal says:

    Alex Songinho He Assists When He Wants:

    Is it this one Rockster?

  56. robbinURpersie says:

    Total,

    i made a comment on the tail end of yesterdays post this morning in regards to that game and manUre in general..

    i have always been against teams choosing to go out and ‘buy a trophy’ and sell their souls in the process..

    Now, i fail to see the difference in what shitty or chelski do and what manUre do?..that decision in the game amongst many others in the past is just ludicrous and stinks of evil..i would rather shitty pip them now

  57. TotalArsenal says:

    Maybe the S should be for Song – what a player!

  58. TotalArsenal says:

    Robbin, we are in a horrible position atm. Both Manc teams are not worthy of winning the PL, but one of them will. Both, you and Chary, make compelling arguments why it should be Citeh rather than Manure, but I prefer the likes of Nasri to be proven wrong.

  59. Red Arse says:

    Hi TA, :-)

    With regard to Mikel A, my comment was not really meant as a value judgement on him, as I regard him highly, but it was more a slight cavil at the almost idolatrous adulation accorded to him. :-)

    But what do I know? —— rhetorical — no need to answer! :-)

  60. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi RA, you have always been consistent re your comments on Arteta, and I think I know where you are coming from. For me, Arteta is an important player in the team and I value him for it, but he is not top notch like Fabregas, Wilshere and Song. But that is exactly what makes our current team a good one: a mixture of very good, hard working players with a number of world class talents is what usually makes top teams. Arteta has brought a lot to this team since he arrived.

  61. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    TA, no one has the quality of Wilshere. I expect this boy to go and become the best midfielder in the world. You never know TA, he might even teach the Ducth a thing or two. hahahaha.

    Redders, my dear man, how the Devil are you? Good to see you in such fine form. Just to be clear about our friend Cornwall, he is in the sin bin and can not post at the moment.

  62. kelsey says:

    I have just heard from dandan. The news is not good.Mrs.dandan is seriously ill and in dandan’s own words “she is a fighter”.

    I am sure you all wish her well and that we will all be thinking of them both in this troublesome time.

  63. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Ime sorry to hear that Kelsey. Please pass on my regards.

  64. robbinURpersie says:

    Kelsey,

    please pass on our best wishes..i am but a stranger to everybody here on AA but at times like this my thoughts and prayers are with Mr and Mrs Dandan

  65. Ade David, a Nigerian Gooner. says:

    TotalArsenal at 12.55pm. English Premier League is very popular in Nigeria. Infact, it is the most watched football league here. The support for Arsenal is very strong. I live in Kano, a city of about 10 million people and lovers of football. In term of support here, I cant talk about other cities like Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Kaduna, Portharcourt etc Arsenal is almost at the same level with Man U. It may interest you, support for Spurs is not in existence. There is another observation here, before Eabregas departure to Barcelona, many gooners here were supporting Barca in La Liga. I believe it is because we play alike . The way they handled the transfer made many gooners to turn against them. For your 2nd question, my atm player is Arteta. I call him the engine room of Arsenal.

  66. TotalArsenal says:

    Please pass on my regards to dandan as well. Thanks for the update Kelsey.

  67. goonermichael says:

    I’m really sorry to hear that Kelsey. I hope it turns out well. My thoughts are with him.

  68. robbinURpersie says:

    hey Terry,

    in regards to our lil’ jack, where do you see him being utilised best in midfield?

  69. Rasp says:

    dandan, if you’re reading later on, my hopes and prayers go out to you and mrs dandan

  70. robbinURpersie says:

    Ade,

    “It may interest you, support for Spurs is not in existence.”
    i love it..

  71. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey Ade David, many thanks for your response. 10 million people in Kano: there is something I did not know. I just looked it up and you live very far away from the coast and not far away from Niger. Good to hear nobody is supporting the Spuds and why would they? haha.

    So how do you watch games: are there any dedicated Arsenal football pubs in Kano, do you watch games at home, and do you meet up with fellow Nigerian Gooners?

    A good friend of mine is a Nigerian Gooner – he is based in London though.

    Arteta is great and I like your description of the engine room :)

  72. TotalArsenal says:

    Terry, little Jack W was abducted from Holland when he was a tiny, weeny baby. I am absolutely convinced he has the Cruijff gene! :)

  73. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Robbin, i reckon jack will play were he wants. I expect him to be the best player wide right, wide left, holding midfielder, atacking midfielder, right back, left back, centre back (as long as mertsacker plays with him). His only weakness is that i doubt he will make it as a goalie, but he can work on it. i think hes best position will be just behind RVP, thats were he used to play in the youths and reserves but Arsene likes him a little deeper.

    Were ever he plays, he will go down in history as the new Alex James, will lift the prem title 7 times and the European Cup 3 times. I dont want to put any pressure on the boy, buts that what i think will happen.

  74. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    I always suspected the Dutch gene TA. hahahaha. if you get the chance youtube Arsenal v Ajax 71/72 european cup. Cruijff (nice spelling by the way hahaha) was simply amazing. He seemed to move faster than everybody else.

  75. robbinURpersie says:

    thanks Terry,

    your positivity is infectuous :-)

    i didnt realise he played that far forward in the youths and i suspect wenger played him deeper whilst completing his apprenticeship with cesc in front of him..

    i tell ya, wenger is gonna have headaches with the likes of diaby and rosicky amd even rambo when all are fit!!

  76. robbinURpersie says:

    hey all,

    very interesting article on ‘Untold Arsenal’ regarding corruption in football/ barcelona/ that dodgy CL game when RVP got sent off

  77. TotalArsenal says:

    GM :)

    Terry, will do!

  78. Gooner In Exile says:

    Ok before I’ve read any comments:

    Squad dynamic Arsetrology

    A – Attacking width
    R – Responsibility
    S – Spirit
    E – Energy
    N – kNowhow (ok i cheated)
    A – A Defence (ok i cheated again)
    L – Leaders

    F – Freekick goals
    C – Corner goals

  79. Gooner In Exile says:

    Nice post by the way Rasp, good to see you authoring one occasionally ;)

  80. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    hahahahahah, GM, effing hilarious. i remember in the mid seventies at Highbury, and am sure others will do to, we used to sing “were so shit its unbelivable” and sometimes used to cheer when the oppisition scored. Great times. hahahaha

  81. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Kelsey,
    Please pass on my thoughts and best wishes to the dandans as well. Terrible news.

  82. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ade hi,
    If you are still there, please please tell me that one of my favourite ever Arsenal players Kanuuuu also comes from Kanoooo.
    Please may it be true :-)

  83. Gooner In Exile says:

    My thoughts are with you DanDan

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Back to work.

  85. Gooner In Exile says:

    I think the Telegraph has got its April Fools Day story out a few days early, apparently Spuds have been secretly building and have created a UFO in the heart of N17 which will be ready to play football in from 2012-13 season.

    Anyone heard the sound of construction?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/tottenham-hotspur/6516991/Tottenham-boast-their-new-stadium-will-be-better-than-both-Chelsea-and-Arsenals.html

  86. Gooner In Exile says:

    For clarity that article was written in November 2009 (I thought it was just being announced and didn’t read the date initially. ArsenalGent was just doing what he does so well

    Still …… Sucks to be a Spud.

  87. goonermichael says:

    http://blog.emiratesstadium.info/archives/19848

    Very interesting even for untold Arsenal standards.

  88. Ade David, a Nigerian Gooner. says:

    ArsenalTotal, there is a lot of viewing centres around. The people in that type of business here are really making a lot of money. There is no separate Arsena football pub or Man U pub. We all watch the games together. Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea etc. Always in the midst of other gooners.

  89. VCC says:

    Kelsey…..Please send my best wishes to Dandan and his wife.

  90. American Gooner says:

    S should be for Szczęsny

  91. robbinURpersie says:

    GM,

    i had a feeling you might like that one…but as one said- its just the tip of a very big iceberg

  92. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks Ade, sounds really good. Are you able to buy Arsenal shirts etc in Kano? And how did you become a Gooner – what triggered it?

    Hope you don’t mind me asking these questions? We are just interested in how Arsenal is supported abroad. :)

  93. RockyLives says:

    Argentina
    Rwanda
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    Eritrea
    Nicaragua
    Armenia
    Lebanon

    Just a glimpse of the worldwide family that is Arsenal.

    We have had hits on AA from all the above countries in the last week.

  94. goonermichael says:

    Ade
    Will you get to see the boys in the summer when they go to Nigeria?

    I’ve just been talking to an Italian Inter fan. He says the bias in English football puts the Italian controversy to shame.

  95. Rasp says:

    Excellent usage of Arsetrology Rocky :P

  96. RockyLives says:

    Super
    Dortmund! That’s right.
    As to “how could I forget?”, well, you know the old poem:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I’ve got alzheimers
    Cheese on toast

  97. Rasp says:

    We could also apply Arsetrology to the reasons we have lost players to injury:

    A chiles
    R uptures
    S trains
    E xhaustion
    N ational Duty
    A ssault by Orks
    L eg Breaks

  98. Rasp says:

    Haha Rocky,

    A tennis ball walks into a bar and the barman asks “are you being served?”

  99. Ade David, a Nigerian Gooner. says:

    Mickydidit89, Kanu is not from Kano. He is from Eastern part of Nigeria. Kano is from the Northern part. TotalArsenal. Kanu, the best player that ever came out of Nigeria, a house name here brought million of Nigerian football fans to Arsenal including my humble self.

  100. RockyLives says:

    Ade
    What a great player Kanu was. I always loved watching him and he scored some of the most audacious goals Arsenal ever scored.

    His hat trick at Chelsea to give us a 3-2 win after being 0-2 down is still one of my favourite all time Arsenal memories. How he got that third goal in from near the corner flag I’ll never know.

  101. Gooner In Exile says:

    Sorry Rasp you cannot do that injury one without having:

    R – Red Zone
    ;)

  102. Camberwell Gooner says:

    Horrid
    Overrated
    Trash

    Still
    Playing
    Under
    ‘R’-senal’s
    Shadow

  103. Gooner In Exile says:

    Ahhh Kanu the man with the most silky skills, never has the phrase “good feet for a big man” been so apt. And he played the game with a smile….

    Who can forget the hatrick at the Bridge?

  104. Rasp says:

    touché giE :) but wasn’t it AW who first coined the phrase?

  105. Camberwell Gooner says:

    This is fun.

  106. Red Arse says:

    GIE,

    Wasn’t that “very big feet for a good man”? :-)

    Who could forget that hat trick at Chelsea?
    —- Well certainly not the Rock @ 4:57.

  107. Rasp says:

    K ick ass
    A rsenal Legend
    N igerian
    U nsurpassed

  108. goonermichael says:

    Shearer’s backing Hoddle for England. What a knob. They’ll be cursing losing Capello

  109. RockyLives says:

    Camberwell :)

  110. RockyLives says:

    Vision
    Accuracy
    Nerves of steel

    Power
    Energy
    Responsibility
    Scores when he wants
    Icon
    Extending his contract

  111. Rasp says:

    H opeless
    O ff with the fairies
    D eluded
    D ummkopf
    L oser
    E ngland Manager

  112. dandan says:

    Afternoon all, just back from the hosp. my good lady wife has pneumonia. She will though give it a good kicking just like she does me when I step out of line.

    Thank you all for your good wishes I will take my Ipad with me tonight and show her she will be delighted thank you.

  113. Rasp says:

    Good news dandan I hope, give her a big AA hug from us all

  114. dandan says:

    Great idea Rasp well done, how about this one

    Rhetoric
    Articulated
    Succinctly
    Pointedly

  115. Rasp says:

    D efends
    A rsenal
    N onstop
    D oubts
    A rsène
    N ever

  116. Rasp says:

    Haha dandan, you posted yours just as I was typing mine – great minds :P

  117. Camberwell Gooner says:

    And before I go, I leave you with the “check-out-my-poncey-vocabulary” acronym (absolutely none of it looked up on thesaurus.com):

    Ascendant
    Resplendent
    Spontaneous
    Effulgent
    Noteable
    Awe-inspiring
    Lustrous

  118. RockyLives says:

    Camberwell – are you Redders in disguise? :)

  119. Fecozzi from nigeria says:

    yeah i agreee wiv u da S…for Song!!!

  120. Fecozzi from nigeria says:

    i started followin up dis AA blog for lik a month nw…nd i take my time 2 read all da comments posted by u guyz!! found out dat we gat some neva say die arsenal fans on dis blog…unlik some orda arsenal blogs…
    Keeep up d good works guysss…u guys rock!! Arsenal 4 life….even death cant seperate me from arsenal!!

  121. Thanks Fecozzi,

    We’ve had some great responses from Nigerian fans today and they’re all as positive in their support as you – pass the word around, AA welcomes Nigerian gooners

  122. RockyLives says:

    Welcome Fecozzi
    It seems like we have some great Arsenal supporters in Nigeria.
    What part of Nigeria are you from?

  123. goonermichael says:

    Peaches. Hope you had a great birthday. I’ve noticed some tickets on the exchange for the City game. I’ll try to get one later and let you know. I’ve got one more haircut then I’ll log on to the Arse website

  124. Gooner In Exile says:

    Sod the haircut GM Keira can wait for the Arse.

  125. Fecozzi from nigeria says:

    @peaches fanks alot bro…will pass da word arond!
    @rocky….fanks bro…yeah we gat alot of gooner fans in nigeria,we even gat arsenal fan clubs all over my state.. Am from a city called WARRI…located in Delta State! Started supportin gooners from da year 1999… Really fell in luv wiv d sexy football!!

  126. Hi gm – let me know if you need any help

  127. RockyLives says:

    Fecuzzi
    Our Warri Warrior!

  128. Big Raddy says:

    Some great stuff today.

    Arsenal Arsenal
    Represents
    Standpoints in an
    Entertaining,
    Non-aggressive
    Authentic
    Light.

  129. We have a post for tomorrow and one to use on Friday but need something for Thursday if anyone fancies writing something please ;)

  130. I’ll do mine later, off out for Birthday +1 dinner ;)

  131. Big Raddy says:

    ADe, I have been to Kano, many years ago. Very interesting town. I went from there to Kainji Dam.

    Kanu. Anyone recall the goal he scored without touching the ball, dummying a bewildered GK in front of the North Bank.
    We need Chas to find the vid.

  132. Big Raddy says:

    Peaches. Have a wonderful evening. Be good ……

  133. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all,

    Peaches – I’m working on a post that I’m sure will get a lot of hits, but someone else is writing it and he’s busy and keeps forgetting :lol: Not sure it’ll be popular but it will cause debate … will probably be next week though before I have it.

  134. RockyLives says:

    BR
    I remember that goal well – it was one of the ones I was thinking of earlier when I referred to his “audacious” goals.

  135. Irishgunner says:

    Thought it might be this BR – but he touches the ball

  136. Big Raddy says:

    Irish. Must be that goal. Like many things in life it is better in my head than in reality!

  137. Big Raddy says:

    RL. I didn’t reply to your email ….. thanks for Monday. Fine job.

  138. Irishgunner says:

    Still a class goal though BR.

    I have Kanu’s hat-trick against Chelsea on video, VHS, and I have that goal Suker scored against Villa (I think) from the direct free kick inside the penalty box.

  139. Fecozzi from nigeria says:

    @randy… Yeah i remeber dat goal lik it was yestaday…. Kanu is still my mentor whn it comes to playin football! I adopted his style of play! buh tooo bad i had to quit football becos of studiess…. Really did kill ma God gift talent!!

  140. TERRY MANCINI DEMANDS KELSEYS HAIRLINE says:

    Oh yes, “Granpa Kanu”. And what a Granpa he was. When Arsene bought him his official age was 23, but lets face it, he was realy 43. He had the stamina of a man on 50 fags a day, a dodgy ticker, legs suiatable for a man of 7 feet 2 and the body and head of a man which belonged on a rather large midget.

    But, this made him all the more loveable, my favourite player of that era withou doubt. I wonder what Chelsea were thinking when he banged in that hatrick….getting murdered by an old man thats what. His greatest game for me was a performance at Anfield were Arsene stuck him in centre midfield, he absoloutly ran the show.

    If only Kanu had been spotted when he was at his peak, the 1970,s, he would probably have gone down as one of the greatest players of all time…..but i dont care about that, Kanu, my favourite Arsenal player, i salute you.

  141. Big Raddy says:

    Fecozzi. Just think. If you hadn’t wasted your time studying you could have played at The Emirates!

  142. Fecozzi from nigeria says:

    Arrrrrgggg….davor suker broke my heart in da uefa cup finals 1999-2000 really expected him to convert da penalty after wenger brought him on 2 take pk!! Buh d guy was fantastic for us!! Remeber we nicknamed him Davil Suker!!

  143. Big Raddy says:

    TMHT. Who couldn’t love Kanu?

    He played until he was 72, and always with a smile A real Gentleman.

  144. Irishgunner says:

    Fecozzi – Galatasary final broke my heart too, although not as much as Seaman getting lobbed by Nayim…

  145. Fecozzi from nigeria says:

    Srry i mean Devil Suker!!…
    @randy! dat was always ma dream to play for arsenal!! Buh my perents @ dat time were vry strict nd wanted me 2 concentrate on ma studies!!..dy turned dwn my chance 2 go abroad 2 play football! It killed my drive!
    Nw am finkin of doin ma Master in da U.k were i can get to start watchin some arsenal games @ da emirate! It will b a dream come tru!!

  146. RockyLives says:

    Fecozzi
    I was at that game :(
    To be honest, we didn’t really play that well (but Galatasaray were not very good either).

  147. RockyLives says:

    Also Fecozzi, if you get to come to the UK you’ll get a warm welcome from the AA Gunners.

  148. Big Raddy says:

    Irish. Don’t ………. I was there. Spent a bundle of cash, got assaulted by French police, got ripped off in the pubs, and then missed the train back,

    Hateful evening.

  149. Big Raddy says:

    But, I was also in Copenhagen for the Parma game- One of the best nights ever. Great mates, easy transport, sat in front of Johnny Jensen, and a classic 1-0 to The Arsenal.

  150. Irishgunner says:

    Sorry for bringing that back up BR :(

  151. TERRY MANCINI DEMANDS KELSEYS HAIRLINE says:

    The Galatasary final was the worst football day of my life. I spent the whole day fighting off fools intent on ruining the beautiful face of Terry, and then we didnt turn up in the final. One to forget

  152. Fecozzi from nigeria says:

    Dat will b great @ rocky!!

  153. Gooner In Exile says:

    How did we let Sunderland knock us out of the FA Cup?

  154. goonermichael says:

    both the scums are winning :(

  155. goonermichael says:

    It was all part of a cunning plan GIE

  156. Gooner In Exile says:

    :D GM, as is both them winning, an extra game for Spurs and a morale sapping defeat to Chelsea in the Cup Semi at that :D

  157. goonermichael says:

    It really does show how shit the mancs are. Didn’t Benfica win their group?

  158. goonermichael says:

    A London derby and a merseyside one. I want Everton to win it.

  159. RockyLives says:

    What were the results?

  160. goonermichael says:

    spuds won 3-1
    chavs won 1 nil

  161. goonermichael says:

    Everton beat sunderland 2 nil

  162. SharkeySure says:

    “L is for Lehmann. A madman of the highest order, yet was loved by so many.”

    There’s no player with a relatively short Arsenal career who I love as much as I love Mad Jens.

    Legend

  163. RockyLives says:

    Thanks GM

  164. SharkeySure says:

    Terry, no pressure on LJW …..lol

    Did yuo notice a young Kelsey managing Benfica tonight

  165. SharkeySure says:

    Raddy Irish…over the yers tha has been one of my fave moents from ANY Arsenal player. Audacious s Absolutely

    Balls of steel ??

  166. SharkeySure says:

    I give up

    ight

    Shit keyboad on Mrs Sharkeys laptop

  167. TotalArsenal says:

    Dandan, I am sure your incredible ability to believe in the power of positive thinking will see you and your wife through this very difficult time. Stay strong as only you can – you are in inspiration to us all!

  168. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning all.
    Excellent results all around for us I think. Chavs could still have some work to do in the CL, but hopefully they’ll go through to a nasty two legger with Barca with our PL game with them plum in the middle.
    Then Spuds have a morale sapping semi to lose to Chelsea in the FAC.

  169. chas says:

    Morning all,
    Great post, Rasper.
    I’m dreading the chavs getting to Munich. Aside from that it’s all good.

  170. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,
    I very much doubt they can beat both Barca and Real.

  171. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,:-)
    That bottle opener is simply brilliant!

  172. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Did anyone watch the Madrid game, and if so, how good is Kaka? I noticed he scored one, with Benzema getting two.
    I would like Bayern to win the thing but can’t see it.

  173. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all

  174. chas says:

    Micky,
    I don’t want them to get to the final as Ant and me are going.

    The bottle opener was more of a present for you than Oscar, but don’t tell him! :)

  175. Big Raddy says:

    I watched bits of the Chelsea and Spurs games. Both played well.

    Given the paucity of Chelsea’s midfield, Barca will have to lose the tie rather than Chavs win it.

    I think Spurs will win the FAC. Then Monkeyboy and Rat face will desert the ship.

  176. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,
    I’m the Daddy here and the opener is mine mine mine.
    I’ve even compiled the first bbq guest list. We have a Hammer, a Chav and a Manc so far. Obviously the desired target would be a Pool fan however they are not welcome on my land (to use country speak).

  177. Big Raddy says:

    Chas. You have tickets to the CL Final? Brilliant!

  178. Big Raddy says:

    Gert arf moy lannn …..

  179. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Come in Denmark.
    Morning to you BR. We are getting very international on here these days.

  180. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely day again here but the forecast is a cold front coming from the Russian steppes !

    Need to head South

  181. MickyDidIt89 says:

    West Raddy. The Costa Devon is the place to be.

  182. Rasp says:

    Morning all…..

    ….. New post ………

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